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"Bringing Up Norky" is the nineteenth episode of the second season of Star Wars: Ewoks. Written by Bob Carrau and Earl Kress and directed by Dale Schott, the episode originally aired on ABC on November 22, 1986.
When young Malani struggled with painting and considered giving up, Wicket recalled his experience of almost giving up on his dream of becoming a warrior and shared the story with her for encouragement.
Later on, Wicket was upset to hear that Norky would be staying with the Warricks while his mother and father were away, because the boy frequently got Wicket into trouble. Before Norky's parents even left, he framed Wicket and Teebo for eating more than their one allotted cookie before dinner; Shodu then made Wicket go borrow acorn paste from Kneesaa so that they could make more cookies. At the Royal Hut, Wicket went in with Kneesaa and left Norky behind so as not to disturb the in-progress council meeting, but Norky again wreaked havoc, disrupting the meeting, blaming Kneesaa, and then even attempting to injure Wicket on the way out. After Latara shared a similar mishap, Wicket decided to take action against Norky.
In Logray's hut, the foursome observed the shaman's globe and decided to send Norky to the Vacant Valley, although Wicket initially had no qualms sending him to a more dangerous locale. The quartet duped Norky into following a "treasure" map to the valley by way of Latara's hang glider. As time passed, Wicket reassured Kneesaa that Norky would not be in any real harm; however, they quickly learned from master Logray that it was the centurial time of the natural sucking phenomenon in the Vacant Valley.
The four Ewoks went to the valley, and Wicket and Teebo set out on foot—or, rather, magically spring-loaded vines to help them avoid being sucked underground. When they found Norky, Wicket had to convince the boy that there was no treasure and that the whole situation was a set-up, but that they never truly meant for any harm to come upon him. The three boys nearly perished there when they began to get sucked into a large hole, but the girls, with Norky's help, ensured that everyone made it out safely. Back home again, Wicket invited the newly-humbled Norky to come back sometime, and the two shared a hearty laugh before Norky departed.
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Behind the scenesEdit
A continuity error occurs in the episode; While Princess Kneesaa and Latara was on board their hang gliders, the majority of the frames shows the duo wearing their glider's belts, but some frames shows Kneesaa without her belt, or perhaps wearing a occult one.